The Duchess of Cornwall visited the Pepper Pot Centre in west London yesterday, treating those she helped prepare lunches for to a royal treat: brownies from Clarence House!
Camilla was at the centre to hear about how they are helping the local elderly community during the pandemic, and donned a trendy cape and leopard print mask for the occasion.
The Pepper Pot Centre (PPC) was founded in 1981 by Pansy Jeffrey, a Windrush activist. Jeffrey was at the heart of combatting racism, promoting racial harmony through assisting with the founding of the Notting Hill Carnival, the Notting Hill Housing Trust and the founding of the first Community Service CAB following the aftermath of the 1958 Notting Hill Race Riots.
The centre was founded to combat discrimination, isolation, depression and loneliness amongst the growing generation of African and Caribbean older people, many of whom emigrated to the UK after the Second World War at the invitation of the government.
PPC provides a familiar environment to its community of almost 500 users, with meals, care and advice on access to services for the over-50’s.
Part of the engagement saw the Duchess help pack lunches for those needing to be fed. She had brought some brownies with her, from the Clarence House kitchen, each tied with a note on her headed paper.
During the coronavirus pandemic, PPC has continued to support its members through a meal delivery service and regular phone calls. The Duchess participated in one of these during her visit: the Royal heard about some of the group’s plans for virtual activities.
The event came a day after the Royal hosted representatives of the Royal Osteoporosis Society, to mark World Osteoporosis Day at Clarence House. The group took tea, and discussed the degenerative bone disease, which resulted in the deaths of Camilla’s grandmother and mother. The Duchess of Cornwall is the organisation’s patron, something she took on before her marriage, in 2001.
It was also chance for the Duchess to congratulate Christine Sharp, the winner of the Duchess of Cornwall Award. The pair spoke on the phone about Sharp’s win, which recognises her ‘outstanding contribution to the field of osteoporosis’.
The charity, of which HRH is President, is dedicated to finding a cure for the disease and improving the lives of everyone affected by it. pic.twitter.com/gy0hYRGUoL
— The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall (@ClarenceHouse) October 20, 2020